KABUL (Reuters) — The US directed an airstrike on Wednesday against Taliban contenders in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand region, a U.S. powers representative stated, the primary such assault since a troop withdrawal understanding was marked between the different sides on Saturday.
The Taliban warriors “were effectively assaulting an (Afghan National Security Powers) checkpoint. This was a protective strike to disturb the assault,” said Colonel Sonny Leggett, a representative for the U.S. Powers in Afghanistan in a tweet.
He said Washington was focused on harmony however would shield Afghan powers if necessary.
“Taliban initiative guaranteed the (global) network they would diminish savagery and not increment assaults. We approach the Taliban to stop unnecessary assaults and maintain their responsibilities,” he said.
The airstrike was the first by the US against the Taliban in 11 days, when a decrease in viciousness understanding had started between the sides ahead of the pack up to Saturday’s settlement.
Since the marking, the Taliban had settled on Monday to continue ordinary activities against Afghan powers, however sources have said they would keep on keeping down on assaults on outside powers.
The Taliban has so far declined to verify or refute duty regarding any of the assaults and didn’t promptly react to demand for input on the airstrike.
On Tuesday, there were a few assaults against Afghan authorities accused on the Taliban, including one at a security checkpoint close to a copper mine that killed five Afghan police officers.
A Service of Barrier representative said on Wednesday that in the previous 24 hours there had been conflicts between the Taliban and Afghan security powers in nine territories, including Helmand.
A representative for Helmand’s commonplace senator said that the Taliban had assaulted a security checkpoint in Washer region – an alternate region to the one wherein the U.S. completed its airstrike – on Tuesday evening, killing two cops.
A safeguard service representative likewise affirmed an assault against an Afghan armed force base in the city of Kunduz and said there were seven losses.
The weekend understanding conceives a full withdrawal of all U.S. furthermore, alliance powers inside 14 months, subject to security ensures by the Taliban, however faces various obstacles as the US attempts to shepherd the Taliban and Afghan government towards talks.
(Revealing by Abdul Qadir Sediqi and Charlotte Greenfield in Kabul; extra announcing by Zainullah Stanekzai in Helmand, Sardar Razmal in Kunduz and Orooj Hakimi in Kabul; altering by John Stonestreet, William Maclean)